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Spanish actress Penelope Cruz does not believe in celebrating Valentine’s Day. She believes matters of heart are too personal for public display.
The gorgeous actress who has dated Hollywood’s leading men including Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey in the past, is not excited by the idea of celebrating love on Valentine’s Day. So much so, she doesn’t even want to talk about her love life.
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Penélope Cruz has said that she has a much-improved work-life balance compared to her younger days.
The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star has revealed she has had two breakdowns, the first when she was just 17.
She said: “I’ve worked myself to exhaustion in the past but now my life feels more balanced. Once my life was all about work, yet now I do take time for myself.
“It was a hard lesson to learn that sometimes it is so much healthier to say no even to a role that you like.”
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Penélope Cruz is featured in the NY Times Great Performances portfolio. She’s being honored with a feature for her work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Click on the link to listen to the commentary about her shoot.
For the issue, actors were photographed with little make-up and hairstyling and with candid imagery. Cruz was photographed on the set of Nine, she’s seen rehearsing a dance number for the very first time! She’s also snapped back in New York before what would become her Gotham Award win. The images are stunning; just candid and gorgeous!
Other celebrities featured include Kate Winslet (honored for The Reader and Revolutionary Road), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder and Iron Man), Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon). Winslet is on the cover.
HAILS FROM: Spain
SEXIEST IN: Volver (2006)
Cruz’s allure has been undeniable since she starred in Pedro Almodóvar’s Jamon Jamon (1992) as a teenager, but when she reunited with the auteur for 2006′s Volver, the director captured her beauty at its most ripe. She instills her curvy heroine with both strength and vulnerability, and when she treats her restaurant’s customers with a heartfelt ballad, her entire being radiates.
Madrid native Penélope Cruz picked a Goya for her role as supporting actress in the English-language Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the same role that earned her an Oscar nomination. The Goya Awards are known as “The Spanish Oscars”.
“I’ve always been a fan of Woody Allen, and that my peers honor me for a Spanish film made by him makes me very happy,” she said. “Thanks, Woody, for believing in me.”
Miss Cruz was ravishing in a floor length lace gown. Her sister Monica was also at the event.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is now available on DVD, Region 1. It was released this past Tuesday. Be sure to check out the film and Penélope Cruz’s fiery Oscar nominated performance as Maria Elena.
Below you can view some new stills from the film in celebration for the DVD release.
Competition between Hollywood actresses is often fierce. But Oscar nominees Penélope Cruz and Kate Winslet have struck up a surprisingly close friendship.
They have been on the phone daily, offering each other support in the run-up to the awards ceremony on February 22.
“Kate and I have become very close even though we have only met three times. Everyone likes to think there’s rivalry between us, but that’s not true.” – Penélope Cruz
Source: Daily Mail
Penelope Cruz has said that she drove Woody Allen crazy on the set of Vicky Cristina Barcelona by asking the director for more takes.
The actress claimed that she made Allen so mad that he had to run away on the final day, Metro reports.
“The last day I went psychotic and asked for ten more takes,” she said.
“When they were about to wrap the movie I always go into a crisis and I think this is it, I have no more chance to do anything else for the character.”
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During his promotional tour for new movie Valkyrie in Mardrid, Tom Cruise has confessed he’s rooting for former flame Penélope Cruz to get an Oscar for her supporting role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Acording to agency AFP, Cruise stated he’s excited for the spanish actress’ second nomination to the prestigious award.
“It’s fantastic. I am very excited by her second nomination. I hope she wins.”
Penélope’s family was present at the Valkyrie premiere this Tuesday in Madrid.
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The cinema has never been an equal opportunity employer. From the beginning, a special advantage has been reserved for those few humans whose faces look good projected at a hundred times life size. These rare creatures, the sight of whom casts a magic spell over millions worldwide, are blessed with more than symmetry, a healthy smile, bright eyes, and good skin. As any casting director will tell you, those highly desirable qualities are nevertheless barely enough to get someone an audition. With the great icons of the cinema, figures like Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, and now Penélope Cruz, a kind of poetry of the flesh must be present, lending an emotional resonance to their beauty that implies something mysterious and desirable beyond the surface, and constitutes the aura of the genuine star.
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Salma Hayek forced Penélope Cruz to watch the Oscar nominations.
Penelope, who was staying at the close friend Salma’s Los Angeles home for a sleepover, had planned to sleep through the nominations, having only flown into the city a few hours before. Her hostess, however, had other plans.
Penelope said: “I had just arrived to Los Angeles very, very late at night, and I had went to sleep. Four hours later, I was at the house of some of my girlfriends, and they woke me up. Actually, it was Salma Hayek. She woke me up and said, ‘We have to watch it live!’ I said, ‘That’s such a big risk!’”
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Penélope Cruz has been nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. This marks her second Academy Award nomination; she was previously recognized for her work in Volver in 2006. Huge congratulations to Penélope! We’re all rooting for you!
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in Doubt
Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis in Doubt
Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
The awards will be handed out Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, airing on ABC.
If the star wattage is pulsing on State Street, it can only mean the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is back in town.
The 24th annual event opens Thursday and will feature more than 200 films during its 11-day run. Clint Eastwood, Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz are among the celebrity honorees.
As usual, the event figures to be a hotbed for Academy Award hopefuls; nominations will be announced Thursday, the same day the festival starts.
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